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Robbie Williams and Ayda Field. Photograph: Dave M Benett/Getty Images

I’m far too long in the tooth to experience any grief or faded desire when the name Robbie Williams crops up. Take That, the band the puppyesque Wi(...)

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Gary Barlow:  makes One Direction look like Maoist revolutionaries

Thank God for Lily Allen. She was the first, and so far only, musician to call Gary Barlow out for plunging tens of millions into a tax avoidance sche(...)

 Gary Barlow holding his OBE. The Take That star faces calls to hand back his OBE over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme. Photograph: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected calls for Take That star Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE over claims the pop star invested in a tax avoi(...)

With his profile firmly in the ascendant thanks to his judging role on The X Factor, now is as good a time as any for Gary Barlow to release his fi(...)

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